2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements
? Patrick O'Brien often seems to agree with Frank Paris, but we also believe him when he notes he's "beholden to no one on that board." His institutional memory will be valuable in the next four years. And we appreciate his commitment to economic development on Madison Street and North Avenue.
? We believe former Fire Chief Russ Nummer is correct in his assessment that village trustees need to step up their activity in governing River Forest. Though he may not be as well versed in the specific issues facing the board, and it is a bit odd to have a former fire chief seeking a seat, we appreciate his independent spirit. He's a bright candidate who we think will bring himself up to speed quickly.
? James Winikates is the quintessential Oak Park and River Forest candidate. He has an extensive resume of public service at the area's not-for-profits that speaks both to his civic mindedness and his social values. He will make a strong village trustee.
? Nancy Dillon has been on the board for 16 years. That is enough.
A fine woman with River Forest always first in her mind, Dillon doesn't appear interested in pushing any particular initiative forward, and is too comfortable with letting Paris always drive the agenda. We also support the village taking a stronger role in encouraging economic development along the periphery of River Forest, something she seems more comfortable with letting the market drive entirely.